BA (Hons) Outdoor Education (Top-up)

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Course code X391

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UCAS

Course code X391

Key course details

Location Ambleside
Duration Full-time, 1 Year, Part-time, 2 Years
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

If you’re an adventure-lover seeking a career in the outdoors, then what better place than within 912 square miles of the iconic Lake District National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From your unrivalled base in Ambleside, you’ll have more than 150 lofty peaks, 16 lakes and an abundance of rivers - quite literally a classroom on your doorstep.

And, you’ll use it often because we don’t separate practical experience from academic knowledge– it is integral to it - so you’ll always back-up your theoretical knowledge with real-life scenarios.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

Our aim is that the complex environments you’ll live and learn in will enable you to become a confident, problem-solving graduate, able to make sound professional judgements and decisions.

  • The only UK Outdoor Education degree course based in a National Park
  • This course is designed for you if you have a Foundation Degree or HND in Outdoor Education, or similar. And, its perfect if you haven’t got a firm career path in mind
  • Great facilities, including indoor climbing walls and lakeside access
  • Well-equipped – including kayaks and climbing gear, for you to borrow at no extra cost
  • Learn to operate in challenging environments
  • Explore the great outdoors while developing academic, critical-thinking and valuable life skills
  • Develop transferable skills to suit a wide range of careers, including teaching and coaching
  • Gain valuable commercial and entrepreneurial skills - enhancing your employability
  • Comprehensive Upskill Programme enables you to develop your own practical performance and work towards National Governing Body awards
  • Taught by academic tutors involved in current research, which will inform your learning

You’ll be located in Ambleside with plenty of opportunity during your studies, and in your free time, to experience and enjoy the great outdoors – without driving for miles.

So, to study and learn in a world-renowned landscape - perfect for outdoor-lovers, then our uniquely-located course will provide everything you need to succeed in your future career.

Graduate destinations

You graduate from this top-up year with a degree from one of Britain's leading outdoor education providers, underpinned by genuine, operational experience. You'll be well equipped to join the ever-growing Outdoor and Adventure Activities sector, arriving with the skills and knowledge to stand apart from the crowd. Whether you choose to become an instructor at an outdoor education centre, or follow a career in the uniformed forces, you'll be able to show employers many valuable assets that will open up new paths for your future.

After completing the course you will also be able to study for a PGCE in primary or secondary teaching, or a taught Master's degree/research degree such as an Mphil or PhD. This will allow you even more opportunity to develop your personal qualifications to get the most out of your education.

News and Events

Global focus for Lakes’ survival trailblazer

Posted: 13 Aug 2019

A Lake District-based bushcraft expert has spoken to leading international figures and specialists in military survival at a global gathering in Canada. A lecturer in outdoor studies at University of Cumbria (UoC), Dr Lisa Fenton told around 300 delegates from across America, Canada, the UK, Sweden, Norway and Holland about a ‘transformative’ process linking people back to the natural world.

The desire to teach – it’s in the family!

Posted: 25 Jul 2019

A North Yorkshire couple who found love whilst training to be teachers in the Lake District almost 30 years ago have returned to Cumbria to watch their daughter graduate. Katie Pritchard-Jenkins, 21, has completed her BSc Outdoor Adventure and Environment degree at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus and is planning to follow her parents’ example and become a teacher. Her proud parents Adam and Gill trained at the same site 30 years ago when it was known as Charlotte Mason College.

How to Choose a University

Posted: 21 Mar 2019

Amy here, a 1st year Outdoor Leadership student. In relation to choosing a university I can only draw from personal and peer experiences, therefore I will probably be a little biased towards my own (brilliant) course. Nevertheless, I will endeavour to impart practical, honest and mostly relevant advice that will help you compare universities and courses.

Postgraduate Open Day

Sat 9 Nov 2019

There are many fantastic reasons to embark on one of our postgraduate courses, whether it’s to give yourself that extra advantage when applying for jobs, progress your current career or even if you just love your chosen subject and want to explore it further.

Undergraduate Open Day

Sat 9 Nov 2019

Come and join us at our Ambleside campus on the 10 November and discover your future - explore our campus, meet our staff and students and find out more about coming to the University of Cumbria